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My doctor reduced my thyroid medication from 200 MCG to 88

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My doctor reduced my thyroid medication from 200 MCG to 88 MCG 18 days ago. I have been taking 200 MCG for 45 years because I had thyroid cancer. The last three days my body temp has risen to 101.2 in the evening. Im feeling tired, have a slight headache and mild nausea. Could this be because I need a higher dose of Sylthroid?
JA: Is the headache episodic or daily? And what about nausea?
Customer: Slight nausea and slight headache in the evening. Oh yes, my lower back has been aching.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: Had my gall bladder removed in 1981 but I don't think that matters. I just really question the thyroid dose age. The doc had me get a blood draw three times. First it was too low and the second time it was too high. Not sure about the third draw. I don't have any health problems except slight high blood pressure. I take 5 mil of Amlodipine.
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 12 months ago.

Thanks for this question

This is a HUGE drop

why so drastic?

Expert:  Dr. David replied 12 months ago.

This is Dr David

with a history of thyroid cancer, endocrinologist give higher doses of thyroid hormone medications to suppress the TSH levels down low to decrease the chance of TSH levels causing growth of rogue cancer cells

but since you have been 45 years out from your thyroid cancer, you most likely don't have thyroid cancer worries anymore and your doctors now can safely reduce your thyroid hormone dose.

usually dropping thyroid hormone doses that much will not cause fever.

but can cause a bit of fatigue.

your fever and nausea could be from a viral infection.

you can use tylenol for your fevers.

make sure you drink plenty of water.

most likely your fevers and headaches and nausea symptoms will get better.

you will need to get your thyroid hormone levels checked again in 6-8 weeks.

you want your TSH levels between 0.3 and 3.0 range.

lower back pain usually is not due to drops in thyroid hormone doses either.

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